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For over four decades, erotic comics have flourished around the world. Erotic Comics 2 examines how this budding art form exploded from the California comix scene to become an international publishing phenomenon. Beginning with an exploration of newly liberated American artists in the '70s, this overview examines the gay and lesbian comics scene, current artists and publish For over four decades, erotic comics have flourished around the world. Erotic Comics 2 examines how this budding art form exploded from the California comix scene to become an international publishing phenomenon. Beginning with an exploration of newly liberated American artists in the '70s, this overview examines the gay and lesbian comics scene, current artists and publishers in Europe, and Japanese erotica. After delving into the sexual mores of Japanese Hentai: from tentacle sex to Yaoi, the book looks to the future, where erotic comic creators are sidestepping legal issues by producing work solely for the Internet. Filled with rarely seen art from international forerunners such as Dave Stevens, Jordi Bennet, Frank Thorne, Tom of Finland, Ralf Kšnig, and Milo Manara, Erotic Comics 2 is perfect for fans of adult  comics, art history, and erotic illustration. As Alan Moore urges in his foreword: "Absorb the contents of this book, and do so shamelessly."


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For over four decades, erotic comics have flourished around the world. Erotic Comics 2 examines how this budding art form exploded from the California comix scene to become an international publishing phenomenon. Beginning with an exploration of newly liberated American artists in the '70s, this overview examines the gay and lesbian comics scene, current artists and publish For over four decades, erotic comics have flourished around the world. Erotic Comics 2 examines how this budding art form exploded from the California comix scene to become an international publishing phenomenon. Beginning with an exploration of newly liberated American artists in the '70s, this overview examines the gay and lesbian comics scene, current artists and publishers in Europe, and Japanese erotica. After delving into the sexual mores of Japanese Hentai: from tentacle sex to Yaoi, the book looks to the future, where erotic comic creators are sidestepping legal issues by producing work solely for the Internet. Filled with rarely seen art from international forerunners such as Dave Stevens, Jordi Bennet, Frank Thorne, Tom of Finland, Ralf Kšnig, and Milo Manara, Erotic Comics 2 is perfect for fans of adult  comics, art history, and erotic illustration. As Alan Moore urges in his foreword: "Absorb the contents of this book, and do so shamelessly."

30 review for Erotic Comics 2: A Graphic History from the Liberated '70s to the Internet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Well well well, THE book to end the year. The world of comics is vast and I was glad to learn a bit about a section that’s not spoken out much. If anyone wants to read this looking for porn, it’s the wrong book to pick. Yes it has few cutouts from various comics but I would hardly call it porn. Every one has exposed themselves to erotic comics at one point of life. Everyone enjoyed them in secret but not many has taken the attempt to find out the history of it. Maybe it started with a caveman who Well well well, THE book to end the year. The world of comics is vast and I was glad to learn a bit about a section that’s not spoken out much. If anyone wants to read this looking for porn, it’s the wrong book to pick. Yes it has few cutouts from various comics but I would hardly call it porn. Every one has exposed themselves to erotic comics at one point of life. Everyone enjoyed them in secret but not many has taken the attempt to find out the history of it. Maybe it started with a caveman who drew oversized boobs on a cave or a woman drawing some bollocks on a tree stump, who knows.. somehow it lived on and developed. The first time I came across erotic comics was the Heavy Metal magazine. Not on top shape, old mags but the drawings were amazing. When I read about how the mag started, it brought me back memories of giggles and laughs of a bunch of 16 year old girls and me getting labeled as a weirdo for admiring the fine lines and shadings. I haven’t read the first volume but I think it must be equally good. I enjoyed reading the sections about how the cartoonists and comic artists created these comics one after the other. Specially the early years, the late 60s, 70s, the struggles they had and how underrated they were. I was fascinated to learn most of these artists went on to create comics we all loved as kids and as adults. Most of these artists heavily contributed to Marvel & DC. The book is divided into sections depending on the type of sexuality or erotica or whatever you call it. I quite enjoyed the section on Hentai, I think Hentai remains THE most vivid comics to this date. With this book I mark the end of an equally interesting year. here's a toast for a bookish 2021. Book #71 of 2020/i>

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Pilcher's second volume in his history of erotic comics is a good follow up to the previous book, though I would suggest it lacks the charm of the earlier text. This is because whereas the first volume reviewed a longer period of time where the erotic art was perhaps less political and more innocent, the second volume demonstrates the more strident views of the more modern artists. This is not to say that the art and/or artists presented herein are less interesting, or that Pilcher's narrative i Pilcher's second volume in his history of erotic comics is a good follow up to the previous book, though I would suggest it lacks the charm of the earlier text. This is because whereas the first volume reviewed a longer period of time where the erotic art was perhaps less political and more innocent, the second volume demonstrates the more strident views of the more modern artists. This is not to say that the art and/or artists presented herein are less interesting, or that Pilcher's narrative is less engaging. What is readily apparent in Pilcher's second history of erotic comics is how complex and diverse the modern day environment is for this niche area of graphic art. Pilcher's prose is straight forward and clear, and whilst one gets somewhat lost in the dozens of artist and publisher names as they are cited this aspect of his writing illustrates how comprehensive his work is. His discussion of Japanese comic erotica is probably the most informative and detailed, as the author makes significant effort in deconstructing the legal, social and linguistic context of the relevant art and its artists. Pilcher is aware of and makes some attempt to reflect on the moral complexities of the more problematic subjects for hentai, however I'm not sure he really does enough to define where the boundaries of acceptable comics are and are not. This volume certainly does a lot for presenting the depth of LGBITQ+ erotic comics, both in terms of its range and its socio-political underpinnings. Pilcher does a lot of good work in the relevant chapter, exploring the graphical nuance and individual motivations of the artists. On the other hand it might be said that the earlier chapter on hetero American erotic comics is not an engaging nor as penetrative. The relevant chapter is more focused on cataloguing and describing representative art and artists rather than trying to find and discuss deeper constructs behind the sub-genre. If one is interested in graphic art and/or erotica then I would think Pilcher's history will be very appealing. I suspect the printed edition will be more impressive due to its format, however it goes without saying no matter what media one reads this book in, it is an adult text. There is a plethora of sexual imagery here so therefore it should not be read by minors nor those who find frank and graphic representations of sex offensive.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adriane

    This book was a good continuation of the last one. I saw one description saying it wasn't a good enought critique of the work but I feel that they did critique the work as well as giving a fairly good across the board understanding of the amou t and types of comics available in the genre. However I will say don't go in expecting a porn comic when you read this. Although it has images from the various comics discussed within its more to showcase the art style than to titillate. This book was a good continuation of the last one. I saw one description saying it wasn't a good enought critique of the work but I feel that they did critique the work as well as giving a fairly good across the board understanding of the amou t and types of comics available in the genre. However I will say don't go in expecting a porn comic when you read this. Although it has images from the various comics discussed within its more to showcase the art style than to titillate.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andreea Sociu

    I've never seen so much incredible art in one place like this book. Stunning drawings, good coverage of sex styles and types. As a purely heterosexual woman, Tom of Finland's drawings left me speechless. I recommend this to ll my friends who appreciate good art, especially found in such an intensely personal and usually secretive area as sex and pleasure. I've never seen so much incredible art in one place like this book. Stunning drawings, good coverage of sex styles and types. As a purely heterosexual woman, Tom of Finland's drawings left me speechless. I recommend this to ll my friends who appreciate good art, especially found in such an intensely personal and usually secretive area as sex and pleasure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex

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    Claire Scott

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Trent Vactor

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Cyn Coons

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chloe A-L

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adelina Vartolomei

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